Wildside-Series 1-Episodes 1-3 (1997)
|Category||Drama||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||1997|
|Running Time||236:05 (Case: 230)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
It is hard to know what to say about this series that has not already been said many times before. This is arguably the best television drama series ever to be produced in Australia and during its relatively short run on the ABC (1997 - 1999) it garnered numerous awards including silver Logies for both its lead performers, Tony Martin & Rachael Blake. Of the approximately 60 episodes that were produced, three are included on this set. Hopefully this is the first of many to come. This two disc set includes the two extended opening episodes of approximately 90 minutes each and the first normal length episode of approximately 50 minutes. It seems to me slightly strange to release three episodes as the first set but it is great to see this wonderful series released at all.
The concept of the show revolves around an inner city police station located near central station in Sydney and a nearby crisis centre for people living on the street or in squats. The main characters are:
This is a very gritty series which does not shy away from the reality of life on the streets and the seedy world inhabited by police and those living on the streets of the inner city. It has a very confrontational style and can be frenetic and confusing, although this is by design. The opening sequence is a great example of this. It purposefully does not really allow you to fully understand what is going on before tragedy strikes. The episodes included are:
This is great television, the likes of which just doesn't seem to get made in this country anymore. Shame!
The video quality is very good considering its age and low budget nature.
The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was not spectacular , however, I believe that this is at least partially due to artistic choice. There is some light grain throughout and some darker scenes show a little heavier grain.
The colour was good throughout, with no major issues. This is not an overly colourful show as it is designed to reflect the grungy and dirty nature of the inner city.
The only noticeable artefact was some mild and occasional aliasing on things like grilles and shutters and some jagged edges here and there.
There are no subtitles which is a shame.
The audio quality is very good.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 256 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The score of this series by Peter Best is one of its great strengths. It includes some excellent bluesy guitar and adds significantly to the creepy and seedy feel of the show.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music and the ability to select scenes. There was significant aliasing on the menu which was annoying.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This series is not available outside of Region 4 and the discs are coded for all regions.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.
The set has no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|